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2017 COMSAT Alumni Social - Sep. 24
Note from Maury Mechanick to Joe Pelton
Joe Pelton again offered his house in Chain Bridge Forest in Arlington
as the venue for this year's Reunion. Thirty two members attended.
The Social includes the Annual Meeting. Maury Mechanick gave his report. COMARA is currently adequately funded and organized. We thank all members who have contributed dues as this is an important part of our health.
A number of COMARA members have taken important assignments with the Satellite Gallery at the National Electronics Museum. The NEM does a lot of education of high school age students.
First Wednesday in December (Dec 6) at Woodside Deli
This is a reminder that the annual 1st Wednesday in December COMSAT Employees Get-to-gather is rapidly approaching. The event will be held at the Woodside Deli in Germantown. Originally, this was for Labs employees, but now it has evolved to include all COMSAT Alumni, spouses and significant others.
It is a completely informal gathering starting 1:30pm. There has been a lot of discussion about the starting time, and this is the concensus. Many people would like to be home before it gets dark.
Satellite Gallery Opens at National Electronics Museum--July 10, 2017
The "Satellites: Transforming our Lives" exhibit--after 5 years of fund raising, collecting artifacts, and careful design is finally opening at the National Electronics Museum as of July 10, 2017. It was a long hard slog to raise over $600,000 from some 50 different contributors, to put together the exhibit artifacts including satellites and launchers, create the Arthur C. Clarke mini-theater, display the entire SSPI Hall of Fame--among many other wonderful features. The committee that made this happen are to be congratulated. They include Denis Curtin, Maury Mechanick, Ellen Hoff, Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Ramesh Gupta, Scott Chase, and Joe Pelton, who has chaired the effort over the past 5 years. The opening will be as of July 10, 2017 and there will be a special gala opening in the Fall for members of the Maryland state government, industry officials, the SSPI, the Hall of Fame and major contributors.
A "soft opening" celebration among the satellite gallery organizers and designers
was held on Sunday June 25th to review the exhibit in its shakedown mode.
Pictured are in the introductory foyer of the satellite gallery are:
Read more about activities at the National Electronics Museum (Near BWI Airport)
Pictures from 8th Annual IRAA/COMARA & Intelsat Summer Picnic
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
We have some photos taken at the 2017 Picnic on May 21. These are hosted on
Have you paid dues for 2017?
So many New Year's Resolutions are quickly broken and forgotten, but one resolution you should work on is to keep up with your annual COMARA membership dues. Already 193 members are paid up for 2017. The COMARA Board of Directors wholeheartedly thanks each of you who are already paid up for 2017.
Your dues are needed to support COMARA's mission of keeping the COMSAT Legacy alive and paying for this year's operational expenses such as the COMARA web site. COMARA.ORG has lots of wonderful links to legacy materials, membership contact data, and retiree benefits information.
If you cannot remember whether or not you are already paid up,
you can check your dues status by signing in to COMARA.ORG and
seeing if the text at the top left side next to your name
says "Dues paid in current year" or "Future dues paid".
Don't forget you can also pay your dues via the PayPal link at the bottom of the COMARA home page.
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